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I was searching for hilarious elephant gifs that use to fill the older days with such warmth and kindness among members, in light of this latest dust up, and instead came across a word count on Google.
posted by four panels to Etiquette/Policy at 12:42 PM (44 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite

The word "slogger's" has 3 uses and 3087 tokens.

I have no idea what this means.
posted by slogger at 12:46 PM on November 15, 2011 [1 favorite]


Yeah, that's a one-off word count thing I did about a year ago in service of this metatalk comment about apostrophe use and the possessive case.

If you're into this kind of thing, there are full frequency tables for the site in the Metafilter Corpus.
posted by cortex (staff) at 12:46 PM on November 15, 2011 [2 favorites]


I have no idea what this means.

It means that "slogger's" was one of 3087 distinct words to appear exactly three times in the corpus at the time that word count was run.
posted by cortex (staff) at 12:47 PM on November 15, 2011


Apropos of very little I'm going to share this helpful suggestion from my library's search page.
posted by Wolfdog at 12:50 PM on November 15, 2011 [13 favorites]


I hope that helps to resolve this Etiquette/Policy issue.
posted by Wolfdog at 12:51 PM on November 15, 2011 [2 favorites]


First I wondered how many of those iterations of "it's" needn't the apostrophe, as they were the possessive of "it." Then I postulated to myself that, given the makeup of the Metafilter community, I bet the misuse of "it's" in lieu of "belong to it" is much lower than other online communities. Finally, I hit preview, saw cortex's first link, and realized we're a pretty pedantic bunch and this ground is well-trodden.
posted by Terminal Verbosity at 12:52 PM on November 15, 2011


how are there no instances of lolbutts usage HOW
posted by elizardbits at 12:57 PM on November 15, 2011


lolbutt's or lolbutts's?
posted by maryr at 1:01 PM on November 15, 2011 [1 favorite]


...And there you go, now there are instances of both.
posted by maryr at 1:02 PM on November 15, 2011 [1 favorite]


lolbutt's on "sale"
posted by griphus at 1:04 PM on November 15, 2011


The heartiest of all lols is the butt's lol.
posted by cortex (staff) at 1:06 PM on November 15, 2011 [4 favorites]


We cannot report the incidence of lolbutts in the corpus without changing that incidence. Discuss.
posted by killdevil at 1:08 PM on November 15, 2011 [5 favorites]


I see you've stumbled upon the Heisenbutt's Uncertainty Principle.

(alt: "Hineysberg Uncertainty Principle.")
posted by griphus at 1:14 PM on November 15, 2011 [5 favorites]


oh my god it is butts lol not lolbutts GET IT RIGHT OR PAY THE PRICE of returning no hits for your search of the corpus
posted by clavicle at 1:22 PM on November 15, 2011 [1 favorite]


four panels hacked the metafilter!!
posted by inigo2 at 1:26 PM on November 15, 2011


MeFites seem to be very possessive people.
posted by Cranberry at 1:29 PM on November 15, 2011


"I was searching for hilarious elephant gifs that use to fill the older days with such warmth and kindness among members"

For me all I have to do is to close my eyes because that damn pissing elephant image is burned on the inside of my cornea.
posted by Kattullus at 1:32 PM on November 15, 2011


mmmm. pissing elephant. aaauuuuughghghgh...
posted by quonsar II: smock fishpants and the temple of foon at 1:35 PM on November 15, 2011 [2 favorites]


What dust up?
posted by ericb at 1:39 PM on November 15, 2011 [3 favorites]


I, for one, am bitterly disappointed no one has yet linked to elephants. Apostrophes are no substitute for elephant ablutions.
posted by smoke at 1:41 PM on November 15, 2011


rick
rick
rick
posted by Specklet at 1:47 PM on November 15, 2011 [1 favorite]


Here's a little flashback for those who really miss the elephant. And for the sake of the record, a little history.

Poor quonsar - such a sweet, hapless guy and I fear I led him astray. First it was wacky kitty videos and the next thing you know he was mainlining pissing pachyderms. Sadly enough, the ammonia fumes from the voluminous elephant secretions irreversibly altered his bio-chemistry because it was all about smocks and pants fish after that.
posted by madamjujujive at 2:18 PM on November 15, 2011 [9 favorites]


Wait, so quonsar was YOUR fault?!?
posted by item at 2:22 PM on November 15, 2011 [1 favorite]


As I pulled into my driveway this afternoon, I happened to notice that my car's odometer now matched my user number. I thought you should know that, people of MetaTalk.
posted by .kobayashi. at 2:28 PM on November 15, 2011 [2 favorites]


so you either have to never drive again or create a neverending series of sockpuppets?
posted by elizardbits at 2:33 PM on November 15, 2011


item, well the elephant fixation, perhaps. But I deny any responsibility for the Duclod Man incident.
posted by madamjujujive at 2:45 PM on November 15, 2011


Clearly it's "Laughing-Out-Loud Butts."
posted by drjimmy11 at 2:54 PM on November 15, 2011


I look at this recent photo of my father and then I look at quonar's profile picture, and, well, what the fuck is going on!?
posted by gman at 3:32 PM on November 15, 2011 [2 favorites]


gman: I look at this recent photo of my father and then I look at quonar's profile picture, and, well, what the fuck is going on!?

There is only one possible conclusion to draw. Your father and quonsar must duel to the death, there can be only one. Hit it, Queen!

HERE WE ARE, BORN TO BE KINGS. WE'RE THE PRINCES OF THE UNIVERSE!
posted by Kattullus at 4:30 PM on November 15, 2011 [2 favorites]


LUKE, I AM YOUR FATHER
posted by quonsar II: smock fishpants and the temple of foon at 5:38 PM on November 15, 2011 [2 favorites]


That chicken curry was really far too spicy for the amount of rice offered along with it.
posted by infini at 5:56 PM on November 15, 2011


It's
posted by not_on_display at 6:19 PM on November 15, 2011


gman - apparently your real name is Luke.
posted by UbuRoivas at 6:29 PM on November 15, 2011 [1 favorite]


Metafilter: it's all lolbutts, pissing elephants and I forget the third.
posted by arcticseal at 6:53 PM on November 15, 2011 [1 favorite]


Also, your father appears to be friends with The Cat from Red Dwarf.
posted by XMLicious at 7:15 PM on November 15, 2011


Clearly it's "Laughing-Out-Loud Butts."

Better than the infamous "silent-but-jovial."
posted by nebulawindphone at 7:49 PM on November 15, 2011


Oh my grash I'd never seen that duclod thing, super creepy!
posted by yellowbinder at 8:22 PM on November 15, 2011


Yeah, wow. Wikipedia article initially created a couple of months after the 2007 thread.
posted by XMLicious at 9:47 PM on November 15, 2011


Metafilter: it's all lolbutts, pissing elephants and I forget the third.

Dead chicken cavity.
posted by Pruitt-Igoe at 10:46 PM on November 15, 2011


Metafilter: it's all lolbutts, pissing elephants and I forget the third.

Environment Protection Agency?
posted by a humble nudibranch at 11:24 PM on November 15, 2011


I just got an iPhone and I noticed that if you type in a plural of a word (or "its"), Autocorrect will frequently change it to the possessive (or "it's"). I bet this accounts for a lot of the misuse of "it's".
posted by desjardins at 11:41 AM on November 16, 2011


Yes, nearly everyone has an iPhone now.
posted by joannemullen at 2:51 PM on November 16, 2011


In which country?
posted by infini at 4:20 PM on November 16, 2011


Three uses of černý's, and three uses of zippitybuddha's. Ten instances of zsazsa's. And, ironically, ten instances of zipf's. (Seems kind of low on that one).


I'm pretty sure that it's actually encoded in UTF-8, in which case the lexographically final hapax legomena are:

åkerlund's
étretat's
ööööö's
østrem's
þ's
þorri's
čapek's
ŷ's
ξ's
π's
φ's
沉默的中指's

Google translate converts "沉默的中指" into "Silence of the middle finger"
posted by delmoi at 11:24 PM on November 16, 2011 [1 favorite]


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